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“Take your time” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #9 of 186 things to do in Hanoi
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter.
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“Take your time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Beautiful lake in old quarter. Lots of great restaurants and places to sit and watch the world go by. Wide paths make it easy to walk round and avoids the thousands of mopeds on the roads which surround it. About 30 minutes gentle stroll but take longer to soak in the atmosphere and have a drink etc.

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“Lake view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The tranquility of the lake is infectious you can stroll completely around the lake or just sit and contemplate the meaning of life lol, for 50,000 dong you can cross over the lake on a bridge visit the temple in the middle and burn some incense and leave a prayer

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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

After walking round the lake you reach the bridge which is free to walk on. To enter the temple however it is about $1, which is fine but it is best to know a bit before entering to appreciate it more.

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“Beautiful walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Well maintained lake, picturesque. Great for photographers/ photo enthuasiasts/hobbyists

Nice walk, flanked all around by shops and restaurants and hotels


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“nice place~”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

many shops and cafes around the lake. the center of Hanoi tourism~

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